Empire of Dreams

Empire of Dreams

Giannina Braschi


An interesting and hypnotizing paintings of postmodern fiction from groundbreaking Hispanic-American author Giannina Braschi, Empire of Dreams chronicles a decade-long love affair with Nineteen Eighties manhattan and all its contradictions. The city’s perversions and passions, strength and marginality, grandeur and squalor come vibrantly to lifestyles in all of the book’s 3 sections. “Book of Clowns and Buffoons” imagines lifestyles within the urban as a carnival-style spectacle that eventually leads to chaos. encouraged through the Puerto Rican Day parade, a bucolic party reclaims town in “Pastoral.” And “The Intimate Diary of Solitude” spoofs the paranormal realism of Latin American novelists akin to Gabriel Garcia Marquez with its story of aspiring actress-writer Mariquita Samper, who documents the times of her more and more outlandish existence in a magical diary. Wildly resourceful, wealthy and complex, Empire of Dreams has garnered sparkling compliment for being “an ‘in-your-face statement’ of the energy of Latino tradition within the US” (New York Daily News).

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